Now that I was able to share the big decision that we are sticking around in this house (read more here) I am able to really dive back into what I was in the middle of, oh 6-ish months ago. And that means scaffolding!
I know what you are thinking, scaffolding?! Who has that on hand, let alone uses it outside of commercial scaffolding London companies or hiring out the work? Me people and now you, cause I’m gonna share it all! From where to rent it, to how to assemble it, to how awesome it is to use it!
In all honesty I was totally intimidated by it the first time we rented it. But dang I am one determined individual and wouldn’t be deterred. I even went as far as to look into getting something like a scaffold alarm, just like they do on the construction sites, to ensure no one causes any damage to the work that’s already done. I told you, I’m completely invested in this! So it was a lot of trial and error that first go round, but we’ve done it a few times since and feel pretty confident in being able to share with you the in’s and out’s.
Ok enough yammering, where do I rent it? Try your local Home Depot. We actually always rent from a local equipment rental shop. So do a quick google search to see if there are any equipment rental stores in your area. (they are typically cheaper than home depot, not always but most of the time)
Pick up 3 levels of scaffolding (we have 20 ft ceilings in here so need a few levels and at a total cost of $85 for 5×5 scafffolding) and haul it home. Our store loads it all up in a matter of a few minutes so no biggie. Once you get home you unload all the pieces and it seems like a jigsaw puzzle. No worries, I got ya covered. Here’s a breakdown of how to pop it all together in record and easy time.
Here we have the x side brackets, wheels and “frogs” (pins that lock the x brackets and wheels into the end panels)
2 of my kiddos, so excited, helping to hold the pieces so I could snap you a pic! But the big yellow pieces are the end panels/braces. The long silver boards are the walking pieces and help stabilize the ends.
Here is where we connect the 2 yellow end panels to the x bracket sides to start the base piece!
The x bracket sides easily pop into the metal dowels on the end panels, lift the locking mechanism and pop them on. Drop the locking mechanism and you are locked in. Repeat on the other sides!
Once you get the x bracket sides on you need the wheels (so you can easily move the scaffolding around!) Lift the structure you have thus far and slide the wheels in the base of the end panels.
Then lock the wheels in place by using a “frog” pin! It locks through the both pieces and drops down around the base of the pipe.
My hubs so kindly Vanna White-ing the base scaffolding so far!
Next up we add the silver walking panel pieces to the top. This gives us a level up to use!
Here is a shot of the finished walkway on top of the lowest level of scaffolding!
I then lift up the next yellow end panel which they pop into place on each side.
As our son so lovingly displayed here. haha Then I pass up the x bracket side pieces which they pop on, followed by the silver walkway pieces and then repeat for the top section. (Use frog pins as needed to lock the side panels into the base side panels)
Here it is fully assembled and wiring up the chandy! I’m about to get up and put all the crystals on there (around 200 or so)
We break it down the same way, they pass me each piece at a time down to the bottom. (Or I help the hubs and pass down to our son) After we are done we have a pile that looks the same as when we started! It might seem complicated but it’s pretty straightforward and simple to use. It allows you to access those high hard to reach ceilings for patching, light fixture changing and burnt light bulbs!
Here’s the finished product of why we did the scaffolding in the first place! I wanted to hang our entryway chandelier in here. It’s been sitting in the basement collecting dust for a few months cause mama was takin it with her, but since we’re staying, yay I get to use it! So up it went and it looks beautiful, dare I say I like this one in here better than the ball chandy?! (We sold that one on craigslist!)
I’m so loving it in here! The family room is undergoing a bit of a transformation and I have a few things up my sleeve coming up over the next 2 weeks so stay tuned for another big DIY project (you’re gonna want to see this one!) and a new color scheme. Eeekk!! So exciting!
Are you experienced with scaffolding? What do you think? Would you ever rent it and use it for your high ceilings? Or are you a firm “I’d rather hire someone” type of person? I always love to hear from ya so hit me up in the comments below!
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